Gardnerville air race crash victim’s son back in school
MINDEN, Nev. – Gardnerville contractor John Craik was one of a group of a half dozen people who were attending the National Air Races together on Sept. 16.
His 12-year-old son Ethan was standing next to him as a modified P-51 Mustang came crashing to the ground, according to Craik’s mother, Alpine County resident Ginger.
Ethan was injured in the accident that killed his father, spending the night in the hospital with stitches and a cornea that was scratched slightly.
But like the other four people in his party, he was back home by Saturday night. Ethan went back to school on Tuesday, according to his mother. He has been working on a PowerPoint presentation on his father.
“John would have wanted us to carry on,” wife Lorraine Craik said on Tuesday.
The family recently moved to Gardnerville from Woodfords, where Craik had built several homes.
Alpine County residents are gathering for a fundraiser at Turtle Rock’s Community Center on Thursday.
Besides Ethan, the Craiks also have a daughter, MacKenzie.
The Washoe County Medical Examiner officially confirmed Craik’s identity on Tuesday evening. All but one of the 11 people killed in the crash has been identified by the office.
• John Craik, 45, Gardnerville
• Cheryl Elvin, 71, Lenexa, Kan.
• Wendy Hewitt, 56, Mohave, Ariz.
• Craig Salerno, 50, Friendswood, Texas
• Michael Wogan, 22, Scottsdale, Ariz.
• George Hewitt, 60, Bellingham, Wash.
• Regina Bynum, 53, San Angelo, Texas
• Sharon Stewart, 47, Reno
• Gregory Morcom, 47, Stanwood, Wash.
• James Leeward, 74, Ocala, Fla.